Mon village (Wang Kha) and the floating rafts

Worth a wander through

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What we say: 3 stars

This friendly village, known as Wang Kha and also by locals as Fang Mon, is located at the south side of the wooden bridge and can be visited in conjunction with a visit to Wat Wang Wiwaekaram (or Wat Mon).

The village has been formed by Mon refugees fleeing oppression in Burma, and these good-natured people have now become a vital part of the Sangkhlaburi community. There's not much happening here, but you'll likely receive smiles as you wander through the stilted houses and souvenir stands where you can score something cheap and unusual, like Burmese hairbrushes and traditional Mon sarongs.

Behind the village on the way to the wat you'll pass a small market selling goods mainly for the local residents -- though keep an eye out for some Burmese products.

Also don't miss the excellent Mon food shops near the entrance to the bridge. The most direct way to visit the village is via the wooden bridge or by boat.

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Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.

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